I love traveling to Calgary for business and pleasure. Rather than booking the same hotel (or even in the same area), I like to mix it up. Explore new neighborhoods. Discover hidden gems.
Over the years, I’ve stayed at four of Calgary’s luxury boutique hotels. Each offers an exceptional experience with personalized service.
Bow River Views at the Kensington Riverside Inn
Located in the heart of Kensington Village, this 19-room Relais & Châteaux hotel is only a few minutes from Calgary’s business district. For me, the Kensington Riverside Inn is a peaceful escape within the city. My mornings always start with a walk along the tree-lined Bow River pathway – a relaxing way to ease into a busy day. I also celebrated my fifth anniversary here. A cozy guest room with garden patio. A romantic dinner at the award-winning Chef’s Table. Fireside nightcaps. Perfection.
Cool Uptown Vibe at Hotel Elan
If I’m in a foodie kind of mood, I’ll book a room at Hotel Elan in Calgary’s famous Uptown 17th Avenue district. Chili coconut margaritas and guacamole made tableside at Anjeo. Caprese salad with creamy buffalo mozzarella at Mercado. Authentic Neapolitan fire-roasted pizza at Famoso. Between dining at some of the city’s hottest restaurants and my free continental breakfast, weight gain is almost inevitable – especially when relaxing on the balcony of my chic suite wins out over using Elan’s fitness facilities.
Upscale Family Stay at Le Germain
Le Germain is a luxury hotel perfect for business travelers, but also great for families. My husband and I brought the children here last summer. The location is ideal. We packed the kids in the stroller and walked to Fort Calgary in 15 minutes, making it to the Calgary Zoo in less than 35 minutes. The hotel is also pet friendly, and Dustin – our travel-ready golden retriever – was thrilled with his pup-sized bed. However, he wasn’t all that pleased when we came back from dinner at Le Germain’s CHARCUT Roast House minus the expected leftovers.
Outdoor Pool Party at Hotel Arts
Hotel Arts is one of the few downtown hotels with an outdoor pool. This means I can enjoy fabulous cuisine – and cocktails – from the property’s award-winning restaurants while lounging poolside. It’s always best when I’m in town for two nights so that I can dine at both Raw Bar by Duncan Li and Yellow Door Bistro. I try and work off those extra calories with a city tour on Hotel Arts’ complimentary cruiser bikes.